After 28-year, the annual World of Nations Celebration is moving from its home at Metropolitan Park to The Ford on Bay site in Downtown Jacksonville.
The Ford on Bay site is the former location of the Duval County Courthouse and City Hall located at 220 and 230 E. Bay Street respectively. The buildings were demolished in 2019, leaving a grassy lawn area.
The Jacksonville Daily Record reported that during the World of Nations, The Ford on Bay will be fenced in for safety and the city also will close Market Street from Bay to Liberty streets to expand the event space.
The event will take place on Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is open to the public and costs just $5 to attend.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of authentic experiences ranging from cuisine and artistry to traditional customs and dancing.
Countries participating in the celebration include The Bahamas, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, First Nations (Native North America), Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Taiwan, Turkey, U.S.A., U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela and Vietnam.
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